Actor Morgan Freeman is mourning the death of his step-granddaughter, who was stabbed early Sunday morning in Manhattan by her boyfriend.
Officials say police were called to the scene at around 3 a.m. to find 33-year-old Edena Hines lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds. She was taken to Harlem Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Hines' boyfriend, 30-year-old Lamar Davenport, was arrested at the scene and charged with second-degree murder. According to the New York Post, witnesses said Davenport seemed to be staging an "exorcism" on Hines, screaming "Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils!" as he fatally stabbed his girlfriend.
Sources say Davenport-- who had six prior arrests including possession of marijuana and petit larceny-- was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for a psychological evaluation.
Following news of the stabbing, Freeman said in a statement: "The world will never know her artistry and talent, and how much she had to offer. Her friends and family were fortunate enough to have known what she meant as a person. Her star will continue to shine bright in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. May she rest in peace."
Hines was the granddaughter of Freeman's first wife and was often spotted with the actor at industry events. She was a graduate of NYU's Graduate Acting Program, later playing Beneatha in "A Raisin in the Sun" on Broadway in 2012.
One of Hines' final projects included the indie film Landing Up, which she completed in April.
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